RSA and Widepoint’s ORC Subsidiary Awarded Hspd-12 Contract by Environmental Protection Agency
ORC Shared Services Provider and RSA® Card Manager to Provide HSPD-12 Solutions
Fairfax, VA and Bedford, Mass.-Thursday, October 5, 2006, Operational Research Consultants, Inc. (ORC) a wholly owned subsidiary of WidePoint Corporation (AMEX: WYY) and RSA, the Security Division of EMC (NYSE:EMC), today announced that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), selected solutions from the two organizations to support Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12) compliance. Specifically, ORC will provide Shared Services Provider (SSP) Authentication certificates, and RSA will supply the RSA® Card Manager software to enable PIV card issuance and lifecycle management for all agency employees.
Under ORC’s Information Technology Federal Supply Schedule (GS-35F-0164J) Special Item Number 132.62, ORC will deploy the SSP Authentication certificates. This complements RSA Card Manager, a card management system that will help enable the EPA to manage the lifecycle of credentials stored on any smart chip-enabled device (e.g., smart cards). An interoperable system, RSA Card Manager software provides key infrastructure designed to allow federal agencies to meet the HSPD-12 requirements that mandates federal employees and contractors to use a new standard, Federal Information Processing (FIPS) 201, for physical and logical access by October 27, 2006.
“The ORC team has become the only SSP that has been certified and accredited, holding a current Authorization To Operate (ATO),”said Daniel E. Turissini, CEO of ORC. “ORC is also the only SSP that has achieved approval under the GSA SSP Program, Special Item Number 132.61. This further establishes our credibility as the premier provider of information assurance services to the Federal Government. We look forward to working with the EPA to make this a highly successful relationship and are pleased to be featuring the RSA Certificate Manager software as part of our solution.”
Both solutions also comply with Federal Information Processing Standard 201-1from the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Federal PKI Common Policy Framework.
“ORC is a well established and trusted partner to agencies like the EPA and these contracts demonstrate the success of our strategic partnership. Working together, we were able to offer an integrated portfolio to the EPA that allows them to successfully meet HSPD-12 requirements in 2006 and beyond,” said Shannon Kellogg, director of government and industry affairs at RSA, the Security Division of EMC. “This also shows how RSA’s card management system, as part of a comprehensive solution, provides an effective option for enabling U.S. federal agencies to comply with the HSPD-12 mandate.”
RSA, the Security Division of EMC, is the expert in information-centric security, enabling the protection of information throughout its lifecycle. RSA enables customers to cost-effectively secure critical information assets and online identities wherever they live and at every step of the way, and manage security information and events to ease the burden of compliance.
RSA offers industry-leading solutions in identity assurance and access management, encryption, security information management and anti-fraud protection, bringing trust to millions of user identities, the transactions that they perform, and the data that is generated. For more information, please visit www.rsa.com and www.EMC.com
WidePoint is a technology-based provider of products and services to the government sector and commercial markets. WidePoint specializes in providing systems engineering, integration and information technology services. WidePoint’s wholly owned subsidiary, ORC, is at the forefront of implementing government-compliant eAuthentication identity management managed services and associated systems engineering/integration. ORC has earned four major U.S. federal government certifications offering the highest levels of assurance for transactions over the Internet.
WidePoint’s profile of customers encompasses U.S. Federal Government agencies, including the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice as well as major U.S. defense contractors and several major pharmaceutical companies. For more information, visit http://www.widepoint.com.
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